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File #: 1777-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/17/2020 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 7/27/2020 Final action: 7/30/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a grant agreement with Center for Healthy Families in support of their COVID-19 outreach efforts to black girls; to authorize an expenditure from the CARES Act Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($320,000.00)
Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson
Attachments: 1. 1777-2020
Explanation
This ordinance authorizes a grant agreement with the Center for Healthy Families in support of their COVID-19 outreach efforts to black girls.

The Center for Healthy Families engages parenting teens and their children in opportunities to acquire self-sufficiency capabilities of health and well-being, positive networks, education and employment through a coordinated network of the most effective community services. The Center has increased distribution to provide food, diapers and wipes, housing support, hand sanitizer, soap, and cleaning products. The pandemic has forced the organization to pivot how it delivers services. Families have experienced increased stress due to loss of income, isolation and loneliness due to social distancing from friends and loved ones, strain on household resources, disruption of routine, juggling work from home, being their child’s teacher, increased screen time and being plugged in all day, as well as a regression in behaviors. These stressors necessitate the need for the service team to increase service contact. We have seen an increase of crisis situations with families, domestic and intimate violence incidents and families living in unsafe and (families doubled or tripled capacity) unstable housing with an increased touch to families. Because of the pandemic, the Center for Healthy Families has reached capacity to provide services in thr Help Me Grow program, resulting in a waitlist. Demand is up more than 50 percent.

Fiscal Impact: Funding is available within the CARES Act fund.

Emergency action is requested to avoid any delay in providing the resources necessary to respond to the increased demand as a function of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Title
To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a grant agreement with Center for Healthy Families in support of their COVID-19 outreach efforts to black girls; to authorize an expenditure from the CARES Act Fund; and to declare an emergency...

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